Saturday, April 22, 2017

Caltrans: 101 will not be re-opened this weekend

LEGGETT, Calif. - Highway 101 will not be reopened this weekend and there are no local detours available, according to Caltrans District 1.

Officials say travel plans should include detouring over onto Interstate 5 via Highway 20, Highway 36, or Highway 299 to loop back towards Highway 101 on the other side of the closure. These detours could take upwards of seven hours.  

According to Caltrans District 1, work is progressing at both ends of the slide north of Leggett in Mendocino County this morning. 

Caltrans is evaluating whether the north end of the slide is stable enough to begin work safely through the night. 

If the slide is stable enough for work at night this would allow Caltrans contractor to work around the clock to get the highway reopened. 

Specialized equipment to help in removing debris will be airlifted next week, according to officials.

Caltrans District 1's best estimate in the reopening of Highway 101 to one way traffic control is sometime mid-to-late next week. 

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